Reviewing the new Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) program is, from left, AIM Vice President Pat Thomas, AIM Chancellor Dr. Kenneth Alexander, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and AIM Executive Vice President Joel English.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Peeps New Pipeline for Aviation Maintenance Talent

Published December 15, 2022

The latest source of aviation maintenance specialists received review from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and top aviation leaders at a recent visit to the McKinley Park neighborhood's Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM).

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American Airlines CEO Robert Isom joined Buttigieg and other industry leaders on November 21, 2022, to watch the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians training to join a specialized workforce that is in very high demand. American Airlines and AIM announced a working partnership providing a direct pipeline from AIM's 14 aviation maintenance schools nationwide into jobs and careers at the air carrier.

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"Air travel is the most important form of transportation for American business and leisure," said AIM Executive Vice President Joel English. "We are pleased to showcase our efforts in assuring that there are enough technicians to serve the expanding terminals coming to Chicago O’Hare and other airports."

Guaranteed Job Interviews

The partnership between AIM and American Airlines guarantees top AIM graduates a job interview, as well as additional support channels from the airline. The aviation maintenance school opened in the McKinley Park neighborhood in 2021 as the largest such facility in the U.S. to wide acclaim from industry and elected officials.

Greg Dellinger, who leads engagement and government affairs globally for aviation services giant AAR, called the program a fantastic opportunity for both students and an industry seeking the next generation of talent.

"We can keep the local focus," Dellinger said regarding the many aviation career opportunities located in Chicago. "We can keep them here after graduation, too."

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